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August 14th, 2013

SHORT CHANGED: Former town employee deducted pay

August 14, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — A South Whitley employee was deducted $773 from his final paycheck unexpectedly, according to Trevor Webb who was represented by his wife, Toni, at the Town Council meeting Tuesday.

Toni told town leaders that the money was deducted for Trevor’s portion of his health insurance.

However, the money should have been deducted from Trevor’s pay in February.

“When he was hired, he wasn’t charged right away,” Toni said. “We were covered, but Trevor was told it was a mistake that his check wasn’t being deducted the payment each time.”

Excited educators

August 14, 2013

Faculty and administrators gathered at Whitko High School for a staff day in preparation of Whitko Community School Corporation’s first day of school.

Students returned to the classroom this morning to begin the 2013-14 school year.

Pictured are Dawn Hinthorn (right) and Susie Trixler, both teachers at Whitko High School, chatting with a financial representative.

WHITLEY ON THE MOVE: S. Whitley preps for trail blazing

August 14, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — A new trail is soon to take shape in South Whitley, thanks to Whitley On The Move, a grassroots initiative to improve the town.

Overseeing the organization is Julia Robinson of South Whitley. However, numerous town citizens have joined forces to form several committees focused on targeting specific areas of improvement.

One of those areas is developing recreational opportunities.

When the trail is completed, it will cover more than two miles and will stretch as far east as Reed Street and Jefferson Street to the west of town.

EMS: County might title ambulances back to Parkview

August 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Discussions have begun on the possibility of Whitley County titling two of its ambulances to Parkview Hospitals.

County Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf said this is an accounting practice for Parkview that will not affect the books for Whitley County at all.

A decision has not been formally made, however, as it was tabled at the Aug. 5 commissioner meeting.

Schrumpf said Parkview has bought two ambulances, and the county two, during the current phase of their agreement.

AUGUST BURNS(WORTH) RED: Aquatics Task Force to survey options

August 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With Burnworth Memorial Pool closed for the season, the Aquatics Task Force, Columbia City officials and residents are working to make a plan for the future of swimming pools in the city.

After the city suffered many expenses due to the age and condition of the pool, which was constructed decades ago, officials decided the summer of 2014 will be the last year for Burnworth Pool.

Though official numbers weren’t available at press time, Columbia City Parks Director Mark Green said the pool lost more money this year than 2012.

August 13th

SAFETY COMMISSION: School resource officer on city’s agenda tonight

August 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety, as well as the Common Council, are expected to discuss the possibility of a school resource officer at tonight’s meetings.

Dr. Pat O’Connor, Superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, said at the board meeting last week that the district is heading up the county’s School Safety Commission, which includes all three of Whitley County’s districts.

Currently, Smith-Green Community Schools is working out a budget for their own school resource officer.

SUSPICIOUS DEATH: Hill pleads guilty in local dead body case

August 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A woman involved in a suspicious death in Whitley County pleaded guilty in Superior Court last week.

Brooke Hill, 22, of Spenceville, accepted a plea deal last week which will give her a three-year sentence for altering the scene of a suspicious death, a Class D felony. She will be incarcerated for two of those years and will serve the third on suspended sentence.

Hill will serve a one-year sentence, all behind bars, for failure to report a dead body. That sentence will be concurrent with the first charge.

Work begins

August 13, 2013

Whitley County’s Circuit Courtroom is undergoing remodeling this week.

New carpet will be put in the room on the third floor of the Courthouse.

The courtroom is expected to be open next week as remodeling continues throughout the Courthouse this summer.

WHAT’S UP AT WHITKO: Clason offers his take on education issues

August 13, 2013

PIERCETON — When school grading, funding and testing came under fire, the future of Indiana Department of Education policies and procedures became uncertain.

The wake of these areas of controversy and debate are still being felt by school districts.

However, Whitko Community School Corporation is ready to greet the 2013-14 school year — eager to see some long-awaited plans take shape.

The Post & Mail recently asked WCSC’s Superintendent Steve Clason weigh-in on some of the issues possibly facing the district.

A light dusting

August 13, 2013

The abundance of summer rain has brought farmers a bumper crop as well as pests.

This plane, owned and operated by AgriFlite Services, Inc., of Wakarusa, was spraying fungicide on many corn fields in Thorncreek Township Saturday.

AgriFlite is a family business owned and operated by David Eby.

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